How To: Make Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning

Welcome to my first installment of “HOW TO” Wednesdays! The next 4 weeks of “how to” will be on seasonings that you can make straight out of your cupboard to save you a little cooking time or spending money. This week is one of my favorites, Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning.

I love making my own salad dressings. Not only can I make them just the way I want them to taste, but making homemade dressing also allows me to cut out extra salt and sugar found in pre-made dressings. I also love using fresh seasonings in so much more than salads. I add them to pasta sauces, marinades, casseroles, and crock pot meals all the time. I usually have a few already mixed seasonings that I will create in batch one day so that I have a reserve for when I need to make quick dinner. My favorites to have on hand are: Italian Dressing Seasoning, Garlic & Herb Seasoning (how-to coming soon), Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice (how-to is here!), and Homemade Enchilada Sauce (how-to is here!).

Italian dressing happens to be one of my favorite salad dressings and seasonings. Usually it is my “go-to” during the summer when we are cooking on the grill all the time. Just marinade a few chicken breasts overnight and *bam* you have a healthy dinner ready to be grilled up and eaten. I also love a salad with fresh greens and a few veggies and this is always my dressing of choice. So, here is “how-to” #1!!

Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning

What You’ll Need:

– 1 tbsp garlic salt
– 1 tbsp onion powder
– 2 tbsp ground oregano
– 1 tbsp parsley flakes
– 1 tbsp granulated sugar
– 1 1/2 – 2 tsp. salt (you can adjust to your own preferences)
– 1 tsp ground black pepper
– 1 tsp dried basil leaves
– ¼ tsp dried thyme flakes
– ½ tsp dried celery seeds

-For seasoning: You will need an airtight container to store seasoning until use.

-For dressing: You will also need 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1/2 cup olive oil.

How To: Make Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning

Makes approx. 4 ounces of seasoning

  1. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl until well mixed. You can taste test to made sure you have the desired amount of salt & sugar .
  2. If using as a seasoning for later use, store in the an air tight container.
  3. For making into salad dressing, mix together the dry seasoning with 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1/2 cup olive oil (you can substitute canola oil for olive oil). To make this really easy, add all of the ingredients into your salad dressing bottle & shake until well mixed.

My Tools:

KitchenArt Adjustable Measuring Spoon

Stainless Steel Prep Bowls Set with Lids

Tablecraft Salad Dressing Bottle W/Cork

10 Responses to “How To: Make Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning”

  1. Michelle says:

    Looking forward to seeing what else you bring in with this feature. I love it.

  2. Joanne says:

    Homemade spice blends are the best! Especially when you have a cabinet full of herbs and spices that may or may not go bad at some point in the near future. This sounds perfect for a vinaigrette or even just to season some chicken!

  3. What an awesome post (I was JUST searching for homemade Italian Dressing today!), I’m also looking forward to your next How-To’s! :)

  4. Shane says:

    I tried this dressing recipe tonight, I added the mix to a blender with a handful of kalamata olives–turned out great.

    I also used fresh garlic and a pinch of red pepper flake.

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  6. Michael Messina says:


    I had everything to make a perfect Italian sub with all the works except the dressing. To be perfect I needed the dressing or no go. I sat and thought “What is Italian dressing made of, and could I make it if I knew?”. That question brought me to you. While reading your recipe I raided my cabinets and shelves for the ingredients. I had all the ingredients required except the onion salt. I followed your instructions, shook the bottle up with vigor in anticipation of my perfect sub; and moved in for the taste test, amazing, truly wonderfully delicious. With your dressing topping off my now perfect sub, I moved in for the first bite. From that moment on I knew I was in store for a mouth-watering event. The sub was incredible, the best I had ever had. It would leave me heavenly contented as I sat stuffed thanking God for the food, and you for taking the time to share your winning recipe.

    Thank you so very much,
    No more store bought dressing for me, I’m making my own from now on.


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  8. Arne Barnard says:

    Every Thanksgiving I make Italian-Style dressing, except I substitute turkey and stuffing herbs for Italian herbs. I use sage and thyme for starters, add some marjoram, a little bit of garlic and a fair amount of onion. Salt and sugar to taste and this is usually based in olive oil and a mix between distilled and apple cider vinegar.

    This Turkey Dressing is good on turkey, potatoes, stuffing and salad. But it is especially good on ground pork, especially if you fry it! YumMEE!!! Give it a shot, you won’t be sorry!

  9. Arne Barnard says:

    Oh yeah, mix the Turkey Dressing with your favorite mayo and use on your turkey sandwich! Wow!

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